I was sitting on the deck reading, when I caught sight of some motion out of the corner of my eye-- a Praying Mantis was slowly bobbing as she walked along the railing.
She paused and turned to look at me, even reaching out her forelegs to try and grab for my camera and then my hand.
She walked right up onto my hand, as if curious about what I was
I don't actually know if this was a male or female. I've looked it up, and the best way to tell is to count the segments on the abdomen, but since I didn't know that at the time, I didn't check. Next time I'll know to look. Females have six segments, the last one quite large, whereas males have eight..
The mantis ended up walking up a nearby tree
I'm always glad to see a Praying Mantis here, not only because they are fascinating to watch, but because they are beneficial insects, eating many insect pests. The females also often eat their mates immediately following mating. We saw one female dining on her hapless mate in the garden a number of years ago.